Uno-Due Magazine Vol. 3 Sets the Design Gold Standard for Sports Magazines

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There’s another swoon-worthy magazine bursting onto the sports periodical scene, and it’s got an eye-catching new look.

Introducing Uno–Due Magazine Vol. 3

Billed as a passion project born on the football pitch, Uno–Due is a yearly print and online publication on football (otherwise known as soccer by us hopeless Americans) and its reverberations throughout society and culture that kicked off back in 2014. Its first two issues fell within the themes of Post – Mundial and Identity and were written in Italian.

Editor and founder Matteo Cossu decided to switch things up for this third issue, which was released this past May, choosing to have it written in English and fielding designers A.A. Trabucco Campos and Lorenzo Fanton to give the magazine an entirely new redesign from cover to cover.

The theme of Uno–Due Vol. 3 is It’s Personal, comprised of roughly 250-pages of stunningly laid out essays, photographs, and reflections on the beautiful game, complete with a flexicover illustrated by Azar Kazimir

“Uno–Due” (which translates to One–Two) alludes to an effective move between two players to pass around a defender and is a guiding principle for much of Trabucco Campos and Fanton’s design decisions, including the magazine’s grid and typographic systems. 

The duo opted for an interchanging combination of single-weight Unica77 and LL Bradford typefaces by Lineto throughout the magazine, using layouts that play with typographic expression to capture the energy, spirit, and excitement of soccer through form and composition.

Also inspired by the one-two concept is the structure of each page. That is most notable within the openers, which feature color harmonies in blocks positioned in pairs. The grid is also constructed in 1–2 units to give the entire magazine a cohesive typographic rhythm.

The design of Uno–Due Vol. 3 puts most other sports magazines to shame, with copies available for purchase at $43 a copy. If this beauty isn’t enough to get Americans into soccer, then we are truly a lost cause.